Disney Developing ‘Don Quixote’

The studio is developing an adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra‘s classic 1605 novel with producers Gordon Gray (Million Dollar Arm, Secretariat) and Billy Ray. Ray, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Captain Phillips will also pen the script. Fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, Don follows Alonso Quixana, an older man in the Spanish countryside obsessed with tales of chivalry who loses his grasp on reality, refashions himself in the image of a valiant knight by the name of Don Quixote, and sets off “tilting at windmills”.

THR reports that the plan is to reenvision Don Quixote with a tone that “recalls the madcap and fantastical nature” of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. That seems a fine comparison since those stories also follow an affable and courageous semi-madman.

In addition to Gilliam’s famously beleaguered project, Don Quixote has hit the big screen a couple times. Most notably with the 2002 TV movie that starred John Lithgow and Bob Hoskins and the 2015 adaptation Don Quixote: The Ingenious Man of La Mancha that premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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6 thoughts on “Disney Developing ‘Don Quixote’”

  1. By a bit of a coincidence, I’m reading this book right now as part of a challenge to read all of The Telegraph’s top 100 books of all time.
    It’s a good story but the language of its time makes it a bit of a torturous read at times and slow going. Here’s hoping they do a good job with it.

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  2. Meh, I really don’t know about all these remakes of books. I wish there were more original films… That aside, this seems like an interesting choice for an adaptation, quite an underestimated classic.

    Meno<3

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